Definition of acetobacter in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˌsiːtə(ʊ)ˈbaktə/
Pronunciation: /ˌasɪtə(ʊ)ˈbaktə/


[mass noun]
Bacteria that oxidize organic compounds to acetic acid, as in vinegar formation.
  • Genus Acetobacter; Gram-negative oval or rod-shaped bacteria.
Example sentences
  • However, the major source is the action of a group of bacteria known as acetobacter which require oxygen from the air for their growth and survival, and cause a reaction between the alcohol of the wine and the oxygen to produce acetic acid.


Modern Latin (genus name), from aceto- + bacterium.

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